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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Jan 7, 2008 4:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Jerry Question

i'm pretty sure i've mentioned it previously, but if i had to choose between the GD & Jerry's side projects, i'd easily choose the latter, even though i ever only got to see the JGB the once in '84 at Caldwell College in NJ; however, like staggerleib mentioned, you really have to distinguish between the artist and his/her art; i guess what i'm trying to say is that i'm quite a fan of Jerry's music, but like pretty much every entertainer, performer, artist, celebrity even, i'm not really much interested in the individual, only their creations and how it assists me in achieving some level of enjoyment; at least with Jerry, whatever his personal demons/faults may have been, there was something inexplicable about the way he came across, whether with one or a few people, or in a packed stadium; his art (and his spirit) was just so far-reaching and profound

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Poster: spacedface Date: Jan 7, 2008 5:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: The Jerry Question

While there may be no Grateful Dead without Jerry, Jerry outside the GD wasn't great. The level of excitement just wasn't there.

That's not to say it wouldn't have been different if he quit them and formed another unit. His first solo record was as strong as any GD studio record.

For me the question is why they toured so much when he was obviously tired and needing health. I recently watched the DVD "End of the Road" and the last of it was odd, esp the message from the GD.

That DVD did have a nice reading of Hunter's eulogy poem read by Wavy Gravy in the extras, and had the whole tape of people on stage at the public gathering in GG Park.

It's still a bit hard to believe all these versions of the songs are so available. I'm not sure I would know that 2-24-74 was good and could listen to its Dark Star anytime.